The Memphis Grizzlies visit the Houston Rockets in the first ESPN game on Wednesday night, while the Boston Celtics are in Utah to face the Jazz in the late game. Check out the latest Wednesday Night ESPN NBA picks.
The Memphis Grizzlies visit the Houston Rockets in the first ESPN game on Wednesday night, while the Boston Celtics are in Utah to face the Jazz in the late game. The Grizzlies are in 8th place in the Western Conference and trying to hold on to that last playoff spot, while the Rockets are in 4th place in the conference, but just two games out of second place. The Celtics are in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference, while the Jazz are in 5th place in the West, but just two games out of second. Let’s look at both games and Wednesday night ESPN NBA picks.
Memphis Grizzlies at Houston Rockets
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The Rockets will be solid home favorites in this Wednesday
night contest against the Grizzlies. Memphis is a young team that will do well
just to hang on to the last playoff spot in the West, while the Rockets have
visions of second place in the conference. Houston could be a dangerous team in
the playoffs. They are playing a small ball style of basketball that seems to
be working. The Rockets have a lineup of James Harden, Russell Westbrook,
Danuel House, P.J. Tucker and Robert Covington. Head coach Mike D'Antoni has
said the team can play small and win. Houston recently picked up Jeff Green and
he loves playing in D’Antoni’s system.
"It's fun. When you have guys who can guard multiple positions, playing unselfishly, playing together, that's the right way to play," Green said to the media. D’Antoni said that his team can guard the post and rebound even though they don’t have size. “We have a strange team, where James is really good at guarding posts. So is Eric Gordon. Everybody we have can guard the post," D'Antoni said to the media, "We rebound just as well with the little guys, so it's weird -- it's a weird team. It helps Russell on offense, it helps James. So offensively we're better and should be -- theoretically -- we should be better defensively."
The Rockets are definitely all-in with small ball and D’Antoni has said as much in comments to the media. "We're gonna play small. We don't need to go big. Our team is better this way, and if we're gonna dive in, we might as well go all the way in," D'Antoni said. "You know, Tyson [Chandler] can play and we still have bigs, but for the most part -- and you know, we'll get pounded some -- but we'll just see how it works out."
Houston has won and covered six of the last ten meetings but Memphis did win 121-110 at home earlier this season. Seven of the last ten have gone under the total. Houston has won six of the last ten at home in this series with five games going over and five going under.
Grizzlies vs. Rockets Free Picks
There is no lookahead for the Rockets, as they have two days off after this contest before traveling to Boston. I just don’t think Memphis has enough to contain the Rockets, so I will lay the points and take Houston.
Boston Celtics at Utah Jazz
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The Celtics could be a threat in the East, as they have a
strong starting lineup that includes a player in Daniel Theis who goes under
the radar. He averages just 8.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, but he had 25
points and 16 rebounds in a recent win over Minnesota. Theis is considered the
glue that holds the lineup together and Brad Stevens uses him as the defensive
stopper. The other four starters, Kemba Walker, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and
Gordon Hayward say that Theis is a huge key to their success. “He wants to win
and he makes all of us better, and that’s something that doesn’t always show up
in the stat sheet and you have to really watch the game to understand the kind
of impact he’s able to have on games.” Hayward said to the media.
Boston has won six of the past ten in this series, but the Jazz have won the last two. The teams have split their last ten in Utah, with seven of the last ten going over.
Celtics vs. Jazz Free Picks
This is a bad spot for Boston, as they will be playing their third game in four nights and with no rest, as they were in Portland on Tuesday. Utah is in a much better spot having played at home on Monday vs. Phoenix and then having Tuesday off. The situation definitely dictates a play on the Jazz on Wednesday night.
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